Living in a Primer Wonderland-Too Faced Primed & Poreless

Image via Sephora.com

Image via Sephora.com

Poreless?  Poreless?  That just sounds so odd to me.  I’ve been in the makeup game long enough to go years without wearing some sort of primer, and guess what?  My skin was quite acceptable to the naked eye.

However, now we are inundated with samples of primer.  Don’t get me wrong, primer is great, but not every primer is great looking, or great for you!  I have triend my fare share of primers, and since I am an oily girl, I like to think I’ve put them all through the ringer.

Right now, I want to talk about one primer in particular; Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer for Sensitive Skin.  Seriously, could they have picked a longer name?  I have restarted a sort of love affair with Too Faced products as of late.  Too Faced has always captured me with their packaging, and who can resist a line of makeup that smells like chocolate?  When I went to the Macy’s Fragrance and Cosmetics Gala, I purchased La Belle Carousel, and received a bag of samples, and Primed & Poreless was one of them.

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I have worn this primer a hand full of times now, and I can honestly say that it has worked for my oil slicked face.  I wore this primer in unintentionally high stress/sweat situations, and it held up.  I am so used to blotting my face after a while, and when I blotted, my makeup had barely moved, and there was a huge reduction in oil.

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Upon application, (I applied with my fingers, but there are other more sanitary ways of applying.) Primed and Poreless settled nicely into my skin, and when I applied foundation on top of it, it did not oxidize.  I have used primers that have changed the whole look and formula of the foundation that I applied on top of it, and that is not what a good primer is supposed to do.  The formula is not thick and slippery, it is almost a velvety consistency.  Very lightweight and not noticeable once you rub it in.

The other benefit of Too Faced Primed & Poreless is that it did not clog my pores.  My face is really sensitive, and I did not get any additional breakouts caused by this primer.  It did not seem to clog my pores.

I will without a doubt purchase Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer for Sensitive Skin again because it worked well without wrecking my skin in the process.

If you would like to purchase Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer for Sensitive Skin you can find it on TooFaced.com and Sephora.com retail price is $30.

Do you have a primer that you swear by?  Let me know, I’d love to try it!

Target Beauty Box December 2014-Naturals & Men’s

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I get overly excited when I can get my hands on a new and inexpensive beauty box.  As soon as I found out that Target was releasing a new wave of boxes, I had to check them out.  There were 3 new choices available, and they were the Natural’s Box ($5), the Men’s Box ($5), and the Women’s Box ($10.)  I decided to pick up the Men’s Box as a stocking stuffer for my husband, and the Natural’s Box for myself. I chose the Natural’s Box because I hadn’t tried any of the samples offered, and it seemed like a fantastic value.  The unfortunate thing is that I didn’t get the Skinfix Hand Repair Cream, and I ended up getting THREE facial scrubs in this box which kind of blows.

The Following are all of the Items I Received in the Natural’s Box    

SoapBox Argan Shampoo

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Photo courtesy of soapboxsoaps.com

Photo courtesy of soapboxsoaps.com

I love almost anything with Moroccan Argan oil in it.  Moroccan oil products usually smell great, and tame my unruly hair.  (I am naturally curly, but I wear it straight on a regular basis.)   I haven’t tried this shampoo yet, but it has a great unisex scent.  The other great thing about the SoapBox brand is that for every purchase, they donate a bar of soap, vitamins supplements, or fresh water to a child in need, and that is awesome!

Burt’s Bees Facial Wipes

IMG_6366 I am excited for these Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes.  Burt’s Bees is a high quality brand, and I love using face wipes to help me take all of my makeup.  I am big on smells, and these wipes smells nice, clean and natural.  I can’t wait to use these.

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

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Styling balms are my jam, and I have a drawer full of them.  I am very curious about Shea Moisture, as I have heard it is a great brand for my curly headed gals.  The smell is okay if you like coconut scents which I don’t, but I will try this hair smoothie, because it might just be the product that works for me, and I could start wearing my hair curly.

Borghese Age Defying Facial Scrub

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Borghese is a Target Exclusive brand.  This scrub smells great, and when I squeezed it on top of my hand, it seems that there is a big of glitter or shimmer in it?  I’m intrigued.

Acure Brightening Facial Scrub

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Another facial scrub…  And it just so happens I got two of the same!  Sigh.  This scrub is vegan, sulfate free, cruelty free, paraben free, peg free, petroleum free, phthalate free, silicone free, and gluten free.  I may keep one to try, and gift the other out.  Acure Brightening Scrub has french green clay (which is awesome) and natural exfoliators.  This may actually end up being a great scrub.

Men’s Box

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I’m not going to do a full post about the men’s box, because honestly men’s products don’t interest me so much, but this box was also a crazy value, and I know my husband will love everything in this box, and repurchase most of the items after he tries them.

Overall I am pleased with both of these boxes.  I can’t wait to use all of the items, and discover some new products I’ve never tried before.

Allure Sample Society November 2014

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I have been telling all of my friends and family that are looking for a subscription beauty box to go with the Allue Sample Society Sub, and this month I am almost sorry that I’ve been speaking so highly of it. I get it.  I know that we never truly know what we are going to get in these monthly subscription boxes, but I am still spending my money for samples, so I expect great sub boxes.  Oh well, maybe all of my December subs will be spectacular.

November’s Sample Society box is all about winter survival.  The products this month are geared toward skin and hair protection in the winter elements.

Malin + Goetz Bergamot Body Wash

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The packaging of Malin + Goetz Bergamot Body Wash is very simple and almost medicinal looking.  It is a gentle cleanser with a light citrusy scent.  It is also safe for sensitive skin.

Calvin Klein Reveal

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The Calvin Klein Reveal Perfume sample was the first thing I reached for to try from my box.  It has a nice warm amber-ish kind of scent.  However, there is a weird chemical-y after note, but still not unpleasant.  I would wear this scent again if someone gifted it to me.

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Omega + Nourishing Oil

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I don’t usually like adding extra oil to my hair, but in the winter time, I make an exception.  Alterna Caviar line has been around for a while, and I’ve come across quite a few samples and I have to say the line is really nice.  The scent is really pretty-if a smell can be pretty, and something you wouldn’t mind having to smell in your hair all day.  I have not tried this sample on my hair yet, but the formula is thick, so it should help with the static that cold winter weather brings with it.

Lorac Cobra Mascara

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I love mascara samples!  I am never upset when I get mascara.  Lorac is a great brand that has really had a ton of popularity this year.  I have the Lorac SummerGlo palette, so this mascara will be a great addition to my collection.  It is called cobra because the head of the wand is shaped to mimic a cobra.  It is supposed to be a really wet formula, so I am not 100% sure I will like it.

MD Solar Sciences MD Creme Mineral Beauty Balm

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At first, I thought this beauty balm was a primer for makeup, but it is a BB cream to wear alone.  It has dimethicone as one of the ingredients, which might actually make it a decent primer if I tried to put under my foundation.

Are you a Sample Society subscriber?  Were you happy with this month’s box?

Thankful for Birchbox November 2014

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Something I didn’t cut for budget purposes are my beauty subscriptions.  It’s just such a treat to receive these inexpensive “presents” every month in my mailbox.

November’s Birchbox is all about giving.  They are committed to giving a $15,000 donation, as well as an addition $1 per share of hashtag #shaRED along with a photo of the facts on your outer box.

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Now to the contents of my box,

Amika Nourishing Mask

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I am really excited to try this Amika Nourishing Mask.  This is a once-a-week treatment that conditions and repairs hair.  This sample smells divine, but I am a sucker for smells.  I really enjoyed last month’s sample of Amika Dry Shampoo, and I have no doubt I will love this Nourishing Mask.

Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therary Body Wash

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I love liquid body wash, so this Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash will absolutely get used.  This body wash leaves a nice fresh scent, but the packaging leaves a little to be desired.  I would not be surprised if this is a hotel brand, because this looks exactly like the hotel toiletry samples.  I’m not sure if I will be purchasing a full size of this product.

Perlier Absolute Comfort Body Butter

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I actually like this body butter.  The consistency is nice for use as a hand cream because it is just moisturizing enough, and not too greasy.  The scent is light and would be just the right amount if you don’t want to wear anything too perfume-y.  The full size is a bit pricey at $34.46, but well worth it if you are an avid lotioner like myself.

Red Flower Illuminating Rose Collagen Renewal Face Serum

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I received two 3 ml samples of this facial serum.  It is supposed to boost elasticity and helps with the prevention of wrinkles.  I have not tried it yet, but might do a seperate review if I feel it is any good.

theBalm Cosmetics Cindy-Lou Manizer

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I am so happy happy happy that I received Cindy-Lou Manizer!  I have been eyeing this highlighter for the last month or so, and I can’t wait to try it.  Highlighters have been my obsession lately, so I can’t wait to test it out.  I have family pictures this weekend, so I think I will be using Cindy-Lou Manizer to make my makeup application extra special.  I am beyond happy to try this product!

Bonus Sample: Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter

I love peanut butter, and almond butter is equally as delicious.  I can’t wait to try this Chocolate Almond Butter on a slice of toast, and a few slices of apple!

I am SUPER happy with November’s Birchbox!  Just when I get bored with my Birchbox, they come out with a box like this, and they gain my attention again!  I can’t wait to use all of this month’s samples.

Ipsy-August 2014

I really love the value in Ipsy.  For $10 a month, you get a makeup bag, and 4 or 5 beauty samples.

I received my Ipsy bag in the post this morning, and didn’t get a chance to open the pretty pink bubble mailer until tonight, and I am very happy with all of the products I received this month.  

This month’s theme is Beauty Schooled, and here’s what I got:

So pink, so cute, so bubbly.

So cute, so pink, so bubbly.

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Urban Decay Perversion Mascara:

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 I love getting mascara, and this looks like a great one.  Urban Decay has so many great products, I am confident this mascara will be awesome.

Coastal Scents Forever Blush:

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I have a few Coastal Scents brushes, and their Revealed 2 palette, and I am a fan.  As a huge blush girl, I am excited to try out this blush.  My complexion is tan, so I’m not sure that the brownish color will work well for me, but I know I will love the pink shade.

Absolute New York You’re The Balm in Grape:

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I have never heard of this brand but I looooooove this balm!  When I opened it, I noticed there were sparkles embedded in the balm and I couldn’t resist dipping my finger into it.  (If you look closely at the picture on the right, you can see a little bit of the sparkle.)  This balm is a super soft consistency, almost Vaseline-like.  It has that artificial grape candy smell we all know from our childhoods, and just enough sparkle to make anyone giddy.  This balm does not stay on the lips for long, so it’s not really an item that is super moisturizing, it’s just really pretty to smell and look at.  I will be purchasing this item in other flavors.

Lord & Berry Mini Kajal Kohl-Liner:

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This Lord & Berry liner is just okay.  It is super dark black, but I just swiped my finger across the swatch of this liner and it wiped away really easily, so it doesn’t seem like it is sweat or smudge proof.  

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refining Primer: 

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I have just recently been getting into using and testing out primers so this came at the perfect time for me.  An added bonus is that this one is specifically for oily/combo skin.  If this primer works for me, I will probably purchase the full size.  

The Bag:

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This bag is so cute and the perfect color combo to end the summer.  I always looks forward to Ipsy bags.  I use these for gifts, or to house the makeup in my purse.  

I love beauty subscriptions!  Any subscription suggestions for me?